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The Secret Birds 

When: July 1-Sept. 12 2014
For as long as Tony Fitzpatrick can remember, he's been preoccupied with birds. He blames his grandmother (a loyal staffer in Cook County assessor P.J. Cullerton's notoriously corrupt office in the 60s), who made a habit of feeding feathered flocks. "Shut up and listen," she'd tell young Tony. "For a piece of bread you can hear God sing." The artist's earliest drawings were of naked women and birds; sometimes he'd cap nude torsos with avian heads. "Birds add color and beauty and music to our lives," says Fitzpatrick, who was born on the south side and raised in Lombard. "They see the world from above, they get to take the very long view. "Every time I sit down and think, I'm going to draw something else, it ends up being a bird." Continue reading >>

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